Reading between the lines here:
1.) The lockdowns were too little, too late to suppress the virus.
2.) The lockdowns have only postponed the inevitable.
3.) There is no chance that a vaccine will be available anytime soon and the people freaking out about that are just dumb. A vaccine is happy talk.
4.) We’re going to herd immunity with this virus which means given the IFR that the eventual death toll will be something around the Imperial College estimate.
“A high-profile infectious disease researcher warns COVID-19 is in the early stages of attacking the world, which makes it difficult to relax stay-at-home orders without putting most Americans at risk.
Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said the initial wave of outbreaks in cities such as New York City, where one in five people have been infected, represent a fraction of the illness and death yet to come.
“This damn virus is going to keep going until it infects everybody it possibly can,” Osterholm said Monday during a meeting with the USA TODAY Editorial Board. “It surely won’t slow down until it hits 60 to 70%” of the population, the number that would create herd immunity and halt the spread of the virus. …
“It’s the big peak that’s really going to do us in,” he said. “As much pain, suffering, death and economic disruption we’ve had, there’s been 5 to 20% of the people infected, … That’s a long ways to get to 60 to 70%.” …
“We all have to confront the fact there’s not a magic bullet, short of a vaccine, that’s going to make this go away,” he said. “We’re going to be living with it. And we’re not having that discussion at all.” “
“Q. How bad is this outbreak?
A. Sixty days ago, COVID-19 was not even in the top 100 causes of death in this country. Within six weeks it was the No. 1 cause of death. That hasn’t happened since (the) 1918 (flu pandemic).
Q. The United States has 4% of the world’s population but has 28% of the recorded deaths from the coronavirus. Why is that?
A. Any number like that is artificial at best. If you had to add it up globally, we still play a very prominent role in the number of deaths that have occurred. But at the same time, I would say that we’re not any different than many areas of the world where there are lots of cases that are going uncounted, both deaths and regular cases. …”
For the record, I have a hard time believing this myself. I won’t believe it until I see it. It is hard to imagine that the eventual death toll from this will be 1.8 to 2.2 million. To put this in perspective, 1,264,000 American soldiers have died in all the wars in American history combined.
Dr. Mike has been saying it was coming for years. He wrote a book about it. This is an interview he did with Oprah about the future pandemic in 2006:
He was interviewed by Joe Rogan in early March:
Here is a lecture about his book from 2017: